Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business set records this year for both salaries and job offers according to its Class of 2018 Employment Report, released earlier this month. An impressive 98 percent of students received job offers within three months of graduation, and average full-time salary rose to an all-time high of $116,946.
MBA Graduates Get More Money and More Job Offers
Compared to last year, average starting salary increased by 4 percent. The average signing bonus for the latest graduating class was $31,036, up 9 percent year over year.
The record-setting 98 percent of students who received job offers within three months of graduation represented a 5 percent jump over the prior year. Ninety-four percent of 2018 graduates had accepted an offer within three months, up 2 percent from last year.
“Through a personalized approach to the job search, opportunities for career treks throughout the United States and around the world, and a global alumni network of 190,000 graduates, the MBA Career Center ensures students are placed in the positions that inspired them to attend business school,” Doreen Amorosa, associate dean of McDonough Career Services, said in a press release.
For the second year in a row, consulting, financial services, and technology were the top three industries for MBA graduates. However, the breakdown within these three industries saw some shifts.
Last year, financial services was the top industry of choice, drawing an even third–33 percent–of students. Consulting was second, drawing 28 percent of grads, and technology was a distant third, at 13 percent. The most recent graduating class headed off to these three leading industries in more equal numbers. Consulting, for its part, drew 25.5 percent of students, followed by financial services at 21.7 percent, and tech at 17.5. In both years, nonprofit/social impact came in fourth, attracting 8 percent of the Class of 2018 and 7 percent of the Class of 2017.
MBA Internships Remain Steady
As for this year’s class of MBA student internships, the results remained similar to previous years with only slight increases. This year, 100 percent of students secured an internship, and 86 percent of those positions were paid an average of $7,043/month. This was an uptick over last year, when interns averaged $6,501/month. Also, 78 percent of all internship positions were facilitated by the MBA Career Center, a ten percent increase from 2016. Student interns gravitated toward the finance/accounting (34 percent), consulting (28 percent), and marketing/sales (17 percent) industries.